Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is one of America’s “20 Great Gardens”, according to HGTV. Other media also proclaimed the Garden as one of the best places to see nature in its full beauty. It is located on 380 acres in Belmont, NC.
History of the Garden
When a former textile executive, Daniel Jonathan Stowe, decided to give something to the next generations, he wanted to get them closer to nature. In 1991, Stowe set aside approximately 400 acres of woodland, rolling meadows, and lakefront area in Belmont. It was a project large enough to ensure the proper organization of the Garden in the future.
Today, the facility includes huge manicured gardens, fountains, woodland trails, and an interesting Orchid Conservatory. More than 100 volunteers and 32 employees take care of the Garden all year long. People are usually employed on the conservation of the plants. It is necessary to maintain the facility during all seasons because most of the trees and plants require constant conservation.
What to See at the Garden
As part of the Garden, you can see the special Robert Lee Stowe Visitor Pavilion full of standing sentinel and stucco walls. In continuation, Tuscan columns create the line completed with an interesting roof. This part of the Pavilion is one of the most interesting areas where people can see rare examples of tree combinations. Outside the area, the visitors can enjoy more than 10 acres of lush gardens and 12 fountains. The enjoyment is complete if you decide to wall half a mile long woodland trail.
There are also some other interesting areas. The Orchid Conservatory is devoted to tropical plants and ecosystems that are present today in many parts of the world. You can learn about tropical plants, their origin, and their role in the entire ecosystem. Programs are designed to offer full information about the history and conservation in the Garden.
When it comes to other programs, the staff members and volunteers offer guidance for schoolchildren and adults who want to learn more about the Garden. Many lessons are designed to show visitors how some plants survive in different environments and what is important in their ecosystems.
People can also attend many classes on gardening and landscaping in nature. Cooking with herbs is also included in the programs. These events connect visitors to the basics of natural environments. Kids and adults can learn a lot about taking care of the plants, which is crucial for the overall awareness of natural ecosystems.
Future Projects in Preparation
Future projects for the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are based on opening new facilities inside the Garden. The projects will accentuate one of the home demonstration gardens, children’s gardens, a boat water entrance, and a restaurant. The future organization will also include a unique Asian garden as part of the program.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden remains to be a nonprofit organization that depends on contributions and private funding for its operations. Many investors already invested in the development of the projects and implementation of new programs. As a result, we have one of the most beautiful places to visit in North Carolina.
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